Archives for August 2014

Review: Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

veil of midnightReviewed by Jen

This Midnight Breeds story didn’t score with me quite as well as the last one.  It wasn’t bad, but it’s like Lara Adrian took all of the action lacking in Midnight Rising and jammed it in here.  The result is a high octane, fast paced story that’s a bit lacking in the romance department.

The hero here is Nikolai, who we knew as the smooth talking best friend to Rio. He has been tasked to travel to Canada and track down a Gen One Breed who may be in danger from assassins.  Once we meet Sergei Yakut, we learn quickly that he doesn’t deserve Niko’s assistance.  Instead, we find two female Breedmates in his clutches that desperately need to get away. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

beautiful ashesReviewed by Jen & Carrie

Jen: I went into this book with kind of low expectations after some of my fellow blogger buddies told me they were disappointed.  Despite that, or maybe thanks in part to that, I ended up pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it.  True, I had some issues which I will detail in a moment. But overall, I found it engaging and entertaining and I will keep reading when the second book comes out.

Carrie: I tried very hard to not read any reviews before starting the book but general rumbles on social media told me reactions were very divided. Honestly, I kept an open mind and reminded myself that this would not be like any other of her books. [Read more…]

Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

dragonfly in amberReviewed by Jen

I am developing a love/ hate relationship with this series.  I care very much about the relationship that has grown between Claire and Jamie.  Diana Gabaldon has built this complex, passionate, beautiful love story surrounding these two people. It is the draw that keeps fans true to these books, decades after their story began.  Yet, my problems with this book began in the very first chapter and compounded over the course of the story. [Read more…]

Review & Giveaway: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

what a duke daresReviewed by Jen

So far, I have enjoyed every installment in Anna Campbell’s Sons of Sin series. Each one has maintained a unique personality, but what I really like about Campbell’s writing is her ability to make me feel her characters’ emotions… even when (like in this case) they do their very best to ignore their own feelings.

Penelope has been in love with her brother’s best friend Camden since she was a child.  He was always there for her. He was attractive and was even going to be a Duke. What woman wouldn’t be crazy about him? The problem is that she knew he would never be crazy about her[Read more…]

Review: The Lady Most Likely by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway

lady most likelyReviewed by Janell

This is billed as a novel in three parts, and it was written by three pros in the historical romance genre. In a first for me, I listened to this as an audio book. Do you guys do that? I checked it out from the library, which you definitely should be doing. And if you use your children’s library cards to request more books than your card allows? Well, aren’t you smart! [Read more…]

Review: Siren Reborn by Sophie Oak

siren rebornReviewed by Shelly

This is the 8th installment in Sophie Oak Texas Sirens series. From my last count, this is the 3rd m/m/f ménage. The others have been either m/f/m or m/f with very alpha males and their submissive female.

Kitten, Mason and Cole’s story felt a bit like Julian, Finn and Danielle’s story (Siren Enslaved – Texas Sirens #3) in that there’s a switch who happens to be male. The only comparison that Julian and Cole have is that they’re both Doms, but I still think that Julian is the big bad wolf of the group. As he’s my favorite character in the series, I would luv a sequel to Julian’s story. I do enjoy reading about him in the series, but I want another story with him, Finn and Danielle. That’s the end of my shameless plea. Now on to the review for Kitten’s HEA. There are going to be some things about this review that might suggest that I’m not a fan of this author’s work, which I am, but I still like a good, sound, believable story regardless of who writes it. [Read more…]

Review: The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

suffragette scandalReviewed by Jen

This may not be my favorite Courtney Milan romance, but there were many things I enjoyed about it.  The premise original and engaging. The heroine is intelligent and independent.  And the hero manages to be strong and self assured without ever being threatened by a woman who is his equal.  It’s witty; it’s smart; and it’s an overall fun read.

Free is one of the most confident and self possessed historical heroines I have ever read. She is so sure of herself and so comfortable in her own skin.  She is bold and she makes me laugh and she makes me proud of the women in history who stood up for women’s rights when it was very unfashionable to do so.  [Read more…]

Review: Lacey Temptations by Amy J. Hawthorn

lacey temptationsReviewed by Shelly

I received this book during a giveaway on Goodreads. The author is new to me and after reading the blurb it sounded interesting enough that there was a high chance that I would enjoy. This is a very quick read and happens over a short time (about a week). One of the things I don’t like in full length stories like this is that the characters don’t get to know each over a long time span. I’m not talking about years here, but a few months would be nice. I have a hard time believe an HEA when the characters only know each other a week. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

midnight risingReviewed by Jen

I said in a review for an earlier installment in this series that I was still waiting to be wow’ed by these books. Consider me wow’ed.  I really, really enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t perfect. We had a bit of insta-love going on and there wasn’t much in the way of external conflict.  But now that I have that out of the way, I can focus on why this is easily my favorite book in the series so far. [Read more…]

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

outlanderReviewed by Jen

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years.  I knew it was one of those iconic books that almost every romance fan has read at some point, but I was a little unsettled by the idea of the heroine having two different husbands in two different times. I absolutely hate cheating in my romance and I wasn’t sure if Claire’s infidelity was something I could get over. Then I started seeing the trailers for the new Starz series.  I watched the first episode, then spent the next two days reading.

The verdict? I could, indeed, get over the idea of two husbands. It’s actually quite well done and I found myself empathizing with Claire almost from the beginning.  [Read more…]